A Longford man who became embroiled in a violent row outside a petrol station in Longford over the shooting dead of a relative in Northern Ireland has been handed a suspended sentence
A Longford man who became embroiled in a violent row outside a petrol station in Longford over the shooting dead of a relative in Northern Ireland almost seven years ago has pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
Hugh Patrick McGinley (21), of 5 Glack View, Longford, was the fifth person to tender guilty pleas before Longford Circuit Criminal Court to an incident at Hanlons Gala, Dublin Road, Longford on June 3, 2019.
The court heard previously how the incident was connected to "differences" which had arisen between the "Longford McGinleys and McGinleys from Athlone" over the murder of Bernard 'Barney' McGinley in Northern Ireland in 2015.
At an earlier sentencing in relation to four other co-accused, the court was told how patrolling gardaí came across the incident at around 8:30pm when a large group of people were observed in a fight in full view of startled members of the public.
Garda Rachel Dillon said the violence on display was so grave, customers had to lock themselves in their cars while staff had to close the main door of the shop "to keep customers safe".
Judge Keenan Johnson expressed his disgust at the level of violence which emerged and how Longford was once again in the national spotlight over feud related incidents.
“These feuds are far, far too prevalent in Longford,” he said.
Senior defence counsel, Dara Foynes said the her client was full of remorse over what occurred and was more than willing to display that level of contrition by way of a “concrete” monetary submission to the court.
Judge Johnson said given the circumstances of the case, he was of a view to impose a one year prison sentence on the accused, suspending the term for a period of five years.
He also ordered Mr McGinley to hand in €2,000 within six months to the garda charity 'Little Blue Heroes'.
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